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Oscar Banter: Supporting Actor

by on February 24, 2013

By Taylor Gaines and Steven Halsey

It is time for another installment of Oscar Banter. The big day is getting close and Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actress have all been covered. It is time for the nominees for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. Keep in mind, each person in this category has won an Oscar before. 

THE NOMINEES:

Alan Arkin: Argo (2012)

Christoph Waltz: Django Unchained (2012)

STEVEN HALSEY:

My admiration for Robert De Niro and “Silver Linings Playbook” tempts me to select him. But this a tough category, and for the sake of diversity, I will go with my other hunch. Alan Arkin in Argo will win Best Supporting Actor.

All of these men have won an Oscar before, but Arkin’s happened to be in this same category, just six years ago for his performance in “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006).

“Argo” is obviously a film the public loves. It won Critics Choice, the Globe, the PGA, DGA, the SAG, the WGA, and the BAFTA. It’s like “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008) all over again. All of this, and no director nomination. It’s clearly a movie made by the actors.

My logic is, if people love the movie so much, they will remember its best parts, i.e. Arkin. The 78-year-old man doesn’t even have an acceptance speech ready.

TAYLOR GAINES:

I can list “Argo’s” resume too but that doesn’t mean Arkin deserves to win Best Supporting Actor for providing comic relief to an otherwise serious movie.

And De Niro shouldn’t really be rewarded for not mailing in a performance for the first time in 10 years.

The big three in this category should be Hoffman, Jones and Waltz.

Although Hoffman won’t likely win due to the inconsistent reception of “The Master” in the movie world, there is no debate that he is a great actor.

Jones was born to play steely faced, angry old men whose presence keeps you glued to the screen at all times. I wouldn’t be upset if Jones came away with the award.

But Waltz is born to act in Quentin Tarantino movies. His elocution, charisma and all-around awesomeness merit him winning this award. And he’s won before (“Inglourious Basterds” [2009]).

I think it’s time the Oscar returns to Waltz again this year. He owned his movie in a way none of these others did and was the best actor in this category.

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